Also see our feature Christmas Customs in Austria, Germany and Switzerland and our Berlin City Guide.
Christmas Photo 7
Checkpoint Charlie 2
This view of Checkpoint Charlie is looking north along Friedrichstraße into former East Berlin, now decorated with Christmas lights. The Haus am Checkpoint Charlie museum is on the right. The Wall once stood a short distance behind the “You are leaving the American Sector” sign on the right. PHOTO © Hyde Flippo
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Berlin’s Arkaden shopping center at Potsdamer Platz also features an outdoor Christmas market. PHOTO © Hyde Flippo
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Craft Booth 1
Craft booths at the Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market in Berlin PHOTO © Hyde Flippo
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Craft Booth 2
This booth at the Charlottenburg Christmas market sells wooden Christmas decorations from Germany’s Erzgebirge region. PHOTO © Hyde Flippo
• Read more about Christmas Customs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
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AT THE GERMAN WAY
- Christmas Customs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland – An overview of Christmas traditions
- Christmas from A to Z – German Christmas traditions and terms
- Christmas Markets in Germany and Europe – An overview of the top Weihnachtsmärkte in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
- Advent and Christmas – The “arrival”
- A German Advent Calendar – Daily Christmas facts starting on Dec. 1 (in season)
- German Christmas Carols – Lyrics in German and English
- Christmas in the USA and Germany – A comparison chart
- Barbarazweig – The legend and the Christmas custom
- Epiphany and the Sternsinger – January 6 in the Germanic Christmas tradition
- Erntedank (“harvest thanksgiving”) or Erntedankfest in Germany and Austria is different from the American Thanksgiving tradition.
- St. Nicholas – The many German St. Nicks
- Thomas Nast created the modern Santa image.
- The Christmas Pickle Ornament – Is it really a German Christmas tradition?
- Glass Ornaments – a history
- Silent Night (Stille Nacht) – Our “Silent Night” page has the true story and related links.
- Holidays and Celebrations in Austria, Germany and Switzerland